Professional Development

PEM Teacher Institute tour

Professional Development for Teachers

Come to PEM to get inspired, connect with colleagues and advance your classroom teaching with workshops, artist demonstrations, open houses and other opportunities especially for teachers. Attend an evening session or apply to the PEM Teacher Institute for an immersive summer experience. Check back here throughout the year for the latest teacher programs.

The museum also offers day-long professional development workshops for schools and districts on topics such as object-based teaching, interdisciplinary learning, creative expression and writing inspired by art. Customized workshops are available to groups of 10 or more teachers in the museum or at your school.

Visiting another time? New England educators always receive free admission! Just show your ID. Other educators planning to bring students to the museum can contact us (see below) to arrange a free visit.

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Upcoming Programs

PEM Teacher Institute
Creativity, Innovation & Arts Integration

Monday, July 21, 2014 - Friday, July 25, 2014

8:45 am – 3:30 pm (ending at noon on Friday)

Explore new approaches for introducing students to the creative process and invigorating your classroom across disciplines. Discover PEM through the lens of arts integration, STEAM and the Common Core at our third annual Teacher Institute.

Collaborate with museum educators to encounter fresh pedagogical strategies and understand ways PEM's renowned collection and dynamic exhibitions deepen student learning and promote 21st-century skills.

Tour the galleries, learn from guest speakers, meet curators, brainstorm with colleagues and create art with guest artists. Leave with innovative ideas, new expertise and lessons you develop for your classroom. Earn 35 hours PDP credit, including follow-up assignments.

$75 participant fee (parking included). Space is limited. Open to K-12 educators in all disciplines. STEM teachers encouraged to apply. Preferential selection for two or more teachers applying from the same school or district.

The application deadline has passed.

Contact or 978-542-1546 for more information.

Praise from 2013 participants:

"My overall impression is one of abundance. So much was covered in such a short time. I'm glad I took notes!"

I actually heard more than one of the teachers participating say 'Wow, this course is reminding me of how I used to teach!'"

"This was the best organized program I've ever attended. [The PEM staff's] knowledge and enthusiasm was wonderful. I think every one of us left as a better teacher, full of great ideas for the coming school year."

"I really enjoyed the time that I spent at PEM! It provided me with lots of ideas, techniques, and resources to use in my classroom. I am eager to get back to school to start implementing what I learned at the institute."

"I am still reflecting deeply on my learning from the Institute, but I feel so refreshed and anew with ideas for my classroom."

Ongoing Professional Development Opportunities for Educators

Interdisciplinary Learning in the Museum and Classroom

Explore interdisciplinary learning against the backdrop of PEM’s exhibitions and collection. Inspired by works of art that link the visual arts to a variety of other disciplines, teachers take part in lively discussions, make connections to classroom teaching and practice developing interdisciplinary lesson plans with other participants.

Write at the Museum! Making Objects Come Alive to Promote Literacy Skills

How can objects tell a story? Look at objects in the museum’s collection as inspiration for writing and discover how object-based learning can be applied to classroom teaching. Learn how to view objects with students and how students can develop a variety of written responses to works of art.

Discover the Art of Object-based Teaching!

Objects and artwork come to life through the use of open-ended questioning strategies. Explore the educational potential of objects in PEM’s collection and learn how using objects in your classroom can engage students in inquiry and collaborative learning while building observation and communication skills.